It is a very strange story on several levels …
Rolex stolen from the wrist of a man asleep in a hotel lobby
A man named Armin Zeyafatzadeh claims to have had a $ 24,000 Rolex stolen while sleeping in the lobby of the Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott in Washington DC (this is one of those properties that has two hotel brands in one).
The man arrived at the hotel at 1 am, but did not have a reservation until later in the day. The hotel wouldn’t let him check in, so he moved into the lobby to wait for his room to be ready. Zeyafatzadeh claims he hadn’t slept for 48 hours, so he decided to sleep in the lobby. The lobby was quiet, so he felt safe. At 3 a.m. he was sound asleep with his head tilted back and his mouth wide open.
It turned out that there had been someone else in the hall nearby, watching him. Noticing that Zeyafatzadeh was fast asleep, the guy came closer to him and finally noticed the sophisticated watch. He then used both hands to lift Zeyafatzadeh wrist and unbuckle the watch. With the watch finally in the thief’s possession, he made a sortie.
When Zeyafatzadeh woke up, he noticed that the watch, which he would have worn every day for two years, was missing. He alerted the hotel staff and they agreed to look at the footage from the security cameras with him. They saw the spot where the watch was stolen, so he went to file a police report.
The man who stole the watch is said to have stayed at the hotel, but he was long gone when everyone figured out what was going on. Zeyafatzadeh filed a report with the hotel, but claims no one has contacted him yet.
Below is the video footage of the theft of the watch… wow.
What a story…
Where do we even start with this story? First of all, showing up at 1 a.m. for a reservation later in the day doesn’t require early check-in, but a free night. This request is totally unreasonable, and hardly any hotel would accept this, whether the rooms are open or not.
It seems like a terrible decision in life to show up to a hotel without a reservation when you haven’t slept for 48 hours. Especially if you can afford it, which you think someone dropping $ 24,000 on a watch would have (“you would think” being the term used here).
When it comes to watch theft, I am amazed at how easily this was done. I can’t believe the guy didn’t wake up when his arm was moved so much, but I guess some people are sound asleep.
Finally, I am neither a lawyer nor an expert in liability, but I am almost a little surprised that the hotel has a responsibility here, even if it is only for a technical detail. When this watch was stolen, the guy was not a hotel guest, outright. It was a non-guest who had chosen to sleep in the lobby.
Is the hotel responsible for anything stolen from the property, even if it is not a guest? Or does the fact that he had a reservation for later in the day make the hotel responsible?
At the end of the line
A Rolex was stolen from the wrist of a man who slept in the lobby of a Marriott property in Washington DC. The guest showed up at 1am but didn’t have a reservation until later in the day so decided to sleep in the lobby. Someone was obviously watching him closely and managed to remove the watch from his wrist. Security footage later revealed what happened, although by then the thief was long gone.
What do you think of this story that is very strange from all points of view?
(Hat tip to View from the wing, featured image courtesy of the hotel)